On a trip to northern Cote d’Ivoire with the Chargé d’Affaires Andrew Haviland, met with a group of exchange program Alumni who work at the university, followed by a discussion with university students and journalists at the American Corner.
Haviland used the opportunity to talk about United States’ engagement in northern Cote d’Ivoire, especially related to inclusive economic growth outside of the capital city, hitting on important points about employment opportunities for youth and offering to raise the students’ concerns with Ivoirian government contacts. During the Q&A, questions were about improving educational resources at the university in Bouake, how to study in the U.S., or opportunities to learn English, which the Charge leveraged to discuss Embassy programs related to education, STEM, exchange programs and Education USA.
Haviland presented a check to the American Corner, representing American Spaces support funds, and he announced that the funds are to enhance the Corner with American images and content, as well as to reinforce the Corner’s equipment and IT resources. A donation of Nouveaux Horizons books was also provided for the Corner.